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OkinawaJapan

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

Where to stay in Okinawa

Okinawa showing rainforest and a cascade

Naha City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(302 area reviews)

The parks and historic sites are just a few things visitors like about Naha City Centre. Kokusai Dori and Tomari Port are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Miebashi Station or Kenchomae Station to get around the larger area.

Naha City Centre
Goya, Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan

Goya

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers like the shopping in Goya, and Okinawa Zoo & Museum is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Goya
I woke up and went to the balcony saw this!

Yogi

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Shopping and seaside views are some things travelers note about Yogi. Check out Aeon Mall Rycom or Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park while you're familiarizing yourself with the larger area.

Yogi
Tsuboya Pottery Museum showing street scenes and a small town or village

Makishi

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Makishi is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kokusai Dori and Makishi Public Market.

Makishi
Unten, Nakijin, Okinawa, Japan

Unten

3/5(2 area reviews)

Travelers like the beaches in Unten, and Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Unten

Top Hotels in Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
1967-1 Nakama, Onna, Okinawa Prefecture
The price is NT$20,379 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Busena Marine Park and Kariyushi Beach. Busena Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (417 reviews)

"Hotel staff is excellent and the room is spacious, lots of sunshine, and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/22

Halekulani Okinawa
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
Maejima 3-2-20, Naha
The price is NT$1,772 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

Located in Naha City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park, and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en Garden are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,034 reviews)

"Booked 2 twin rooms. Their rooms weren’t spacious, their laundry dryers had washed dusts, and one of our room’s air conditioning wasn’t working good, but nevertheless, everything else were perfect. Everyday room service, (towels, bathrobes, etc) friendly staff, amazing interiors. I just wish they ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/27

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,638 per night from Nov 23 to Nov 24

Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Ryukyu Mura are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,223 reviews)

"Overall we enjoyed our stay although only one restaurant was working and it is a bit boring to eat at the same place every day. I was not happy that the guard at the beach asked me and my baby to move away from the parasol area even though they were no guests around whatsoever. The manners of this ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/19

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Okinawa

Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
3.5 out of 5
1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
The price is NT$4,968 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Okinawa Churaumi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (173 reviews)

"Lovely stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/22

Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL
Hotel Urbansea 1 Maejima
Hotel Urbansea 1 Maejima
3 out of 5
Maejima3-6-28, Naha, Okinawa
The price is NT$1,785 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Naha City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port and Kokusai Dori. Shurijo Castle and Senaga Island are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (240 reviews)

"Really clean, well-organized, well-located."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/21

Hotel Urbansea 1 Maejima
Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
1327-3 Nakadomari, Onna, Okinawa-ken
The price is NT$2,782 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from PGM Golf Resort Okinawa and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Tiger Beach. Ryukyu Mura and Blue Cave are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (55 reviews)
Great seaview

"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/16

Hotel Sunset Hill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Okinawa

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

4.5/5(88 reviews)

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

Kokusai Dori
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Kokusai Dori

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Naha’s lively main street is home to an array of superb restaurants, souvenir shops and galleries selling fine glassware. 

American Village
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American Village

4/5(135 reviews)

This American-style mall offers a huge selection of shopping and entertainment options as well as one of the biggest amusement parks on Okinawa. 

Shurijo Castle
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Shurijo Castle

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Take a tour of this lavishly decorated hilltop castle that was home to powerful Japanese kings for more than 400 years.

Tomari Port
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Tomari Port

4/5(55 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Naha with a trip to Tomari Port. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Okuma Beach
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Okuma Beach

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Okuma Beach, a popular beach in Kunigami. Wander the gardens or discover the area's mountain views.

Reviews of Okinawa

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

T.F.

Jan 9, 2020

It is like a mix of Okinawa and U.S. culture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Very safe, beautiful, and interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

The cultural architectural features on the homea and businesses was incredible. Just the details everywhere you went. It was beautiful and I'm already planning my next trip to go again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2019

沖縄市は、位置的に沖縄県内どこに行くにも、いい場所で、退屈はしません。

Cities near Okinawa

Shurijo Castle showing night scenes, chateau or palace and a square or plaza

Naha

Photo by Nadia Singer

Kunigami

Nago showing food

Nago

Ryukyu Mura featuring heritage architecture

Onna